Connecting Local Tech Graduates to Tech City
Skills and talent shortages, set against a background of expectations of continued business growth, are not news in Tech City. What may be less well known however is that graduates from East London Universities, often struggle to secure work in local technology businesses despite having qualified in relevant degrees.
Why aren’t they finding work if there is such a demand for tech talent? There are many reasons for this, some more obvious than others: competition from graduates (especially from traditionally more highly regarded UK universities) looking to move to London to kick-start their careers, a lack of adequately paid internships and work placements to gain that all important ‘work experience’, a perceived mismatch between many university courses and employer needs, to name a few. However many of the East London University graduates also lack employer links and full awareness of opportunities on their doorstep – if you don’t know anyone working in tech, how do you know the value of your qualification and where to get your first break?
It is also well established that people from ethnic minorities tend to face disadvantage in the labour market. As a result many of East London’s talented graduates have still not made the journey from gaining their degree to finding a job despite having graduated over 6 month ago.
So what can be done to connect local grad talent to Tech City? One idea, currently being piloted by The Tech Partnership www.thetechpartnership.com, supported by JP Morgan is a new trainee scheme, supporting SME’s to recruit and train East London graduates on 3-6 month paid internships. The scheme is open to Tech start-ups and SMEs based in London and its benefits include free recruitment support and £1000 training grant, providing a low cost and low risk way to bring new talent into your tech team.
More Information and to sign up to the scheme: click here.
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